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completely collapsed this week and ended once and for all when john boehner couldn't even pass his backup plan in the house on thursday. the only possibility right now would be some kind of a very small -- some measure that would just extend the tax cuts for everyone earning under $250,000. it should be a lot of protection for a lot of people but even that will be difficult. you get it only if there's a promise not to filibuster that in the senate and the house speaker agrees to take it up. both of those questions are very open right now. >> a lot of open questions and high establishes for a lot of people. let me ask you about another big issue in washington right now. in this toxic environment any chance that the president can make any headway on his desire to change the laws around guns? >> it's another big question. you saw what happened on friday. the nra, the national rifle association, came up with their first response to the newtown tragedy and there shouldn't be any new gun control. you heard wayne lapierre, only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun and promin
and house speaker john boehner. but it is a wounded speaker of the house, who was deserted by his fellow republicans when he tried to extend tax rates for everyone but millionaires. >> are you quitting? >> absolutely not. and we're prepared to come back, if needed. >> reporter: a new abc news/"washington post" poll shows 53% of americans believe republicans need less conservative policies. more focused on the middle-class. for now, the halls of congress are empty until next thursday. leaving us closer to taxes going up and massive spending cuts taking effect. unless they can make a deal. >> how we get there, god only knows. >> reporter: the president says, there's still a chance. >> call me a hopeless optimist. but i still think we can get it done. >> reporter: and the president wished everyone a merry christmas. here's the problem, what the president's asking for now, the stop-gap measure is what boehner tried to get passed in the house on thursday. but he never brought that bill to the floor, knowing his fellow republicans would not vote for it. so, we have gridlock as we head to the h
Search Results 0 to 5 of about 6 (some duplicates have been removed)